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The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar

62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 8815
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“venison burger” (19 reviews)
“seafood” (45 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

This was exceptional service from Sheree and Varna. friendly,efficient, quick,they went out of their way to make us feel welcome.

Thank Pauline P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Sheree is a wonderful person to have front of house and Vania is outstanding in her role as wait staff. Personnel are one of the most crucial assets for a restaurant and these two are exceptional. As a bonus, the food is exceptional.

Thank MurrayRussell
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great food, great views and service to match. The hostess seated us us the upstairs area where we had some nice views. The food was served quickly and was well cooked and extremely tasty. Varna our server was bubbly, knowledgeable and extremely good at her...More

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our waitress jemmah was really friendly and helpful we had a lovely experience here I would definitely recommend

Thank Deaglan C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were staying in Napier for o e night and came to the Thirsty Whale for dinner. We were seated quickly and had a nice table upstairs. Varna was our waitress and she is such a lovely lady. So bubbly and friendly and with a...More

Thank Kath M
Reviewed 4 days ago

We came for a surprise 40th birthday and had the upstairs room. Right from the moment we walked in, we were treated brilliantly by Shelley, after chatting to her and her realising the party was a birthday bash she ducked out to decorate with balloons...More

Thank emjumps
Reviewed 4 days ago

We dropped by for dinner after a long day out visiting the local attractions. It was a beautiful place, very nice atmosphere and settings, it was suprisingly quiet for what seems to be a sports pub as well. We were well served by Sylvie who...More

Thank Paul N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited here for dinner and found the staff attentive and helpful. Sitting by the fire was especially nice with the cooler weather outside. The meal was filling and well presented. Overall a reasonable experience in a pretty location.

Thank Michael E
Reviewed 6 days ago

An excellent night out, with really nice staff, food was great so would recommend to anyone for any occasion. Varna our waitress was a pleasure to have looking after us.

Thank lileywaim
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your great review. Much appreciated.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Travelling around NZ, we finally arrived in Napier on Friday just gone and needed to find somewhere for dinner. Using Tripadvisor and the motel owners’ recommendation we settled on the Thirsty Whale. Following a couple of pre-dinner drinks and the recommendations (a dry Chardonnay) from...More

Thank Iggybah
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your large and great review, Iggybah. We get a lot of great comments about our fish of the day. Glad you enjoyed it and the Thirsty experience.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
  • Phone Number: +64 6-835 8815
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